Ford recalls 2013 Escapes, says engines can catch fire

In this photo taken July 24, 2011, the Ford logo is displayed at an auto dealership in Springfield, Ill. Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, its U.S. sales rose 6 percent in July, boosted by small cars and SUVs. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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(CBS/AP) DETROIT - Ford is telling some buyers of 2013 Escape small SUVs not to drive them because the engines can catch fire.

The company is recalling 11,500 Escapes in the U.S. and Canada because the fuel lines can crack and leak. The recall affects only models with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines that were built from early April through July 11 this year.

Ford is taking the unusual step of picking up the SUVs and leaving loaner cars with customers. The company says it has three reports of fires, two at the factory and one while a customer was driving an Escape. No one was injured.

About 4,800 defective Escapes were sold. The rest are on dealer lots and will be repaired.

Ford says customers should call dealers to get the problem fixed.

Federal safety regulators also are investigating complaints that the throttles can stick on older Escape vehicles, as well as on Mazda Tribute SUVS, and cause them to crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents that the investigation includes 730,000 Escapes and Tributes from the 2001 to 2004 model years. The recalled SUVs all have six-cylinder engines.